Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel says his team will have a consistent starting lineup during the 2021-2022 NBA season. While he is still experimenting with different starting fives during the preseason, thing will change when the regular season begins.
One of the decisions that Vogel will have to make is whether to start or bench Carmelo Anthony. The 37-year-old forward so far appeared in four games for the Lakers, starting on two occasions. Melo himself said he will accept whatever role he is asked to play by the team.
“We’re likely going to settle into a hopefully a consistent starting lineup. But we just want to give it a few different looks in the preseason,” Vogel said. “[Carmelo Anthony]’s going to help us whether we use him off the bench or in starting lineup. He’s just a good basketball player.
“Obviously he’s transitioned over the last few years his game. I thought what we saw in the third quarter [against the Warriors] with him really committing to the floor spacing and knocking down threes I think that’s going to be his biggest value with this team. But whether he comes off the bench or starts it really doesn’t matter, he’s going to be a factor for us.”
Anthony is averaging 10.5 points in 17 minutes per game in preseason.